The closing of Pepper’s Pizza last week got me thinking about what other local restaurants people miss.
For me, it’s the old Sal’s. We eat at the new one sometimes, but I miss the beat-up vinyl booths. What is it about pizza places, anyway?
On Monday I posted this on my Facebook page (Friend me: facebook.com/mark.schultz.94043
“Which old Chapel Hill-Carrboro restaurant do you miss most? The old Sal’s? Pyewacket? ... Tijuana Fats, anyone?”
Here is a sampling of the 49 comments received as of Thursday:
Jennifer Brett: The old Hector’s
. So sad about Pepper’s
Melissa Ussery Intintolo: I’ll always miss Pyewacket
– from college days to bringing my kid there before they closed. What a loss. Does anyone remember Stephens
, After All
– a fantastic live jazz club with great food?
Eric Ferreri: The Wicked Burrito.
Ray Gronberg: Sal’s
in Eastgate would be my choice.
Geoffrey Graybeal: Hector’s for late-night eating. Ham’s
overall though, particularly for volume based on the sheer number of times I ate there.
Clara Powers: The Flying Burrito
and the Chinese restaurant that was next to McDonald’s in the ’80s
Gerry Cohen: Harry’s.
Alicia Stemper: Pyewacket for sure. Morningstar salad was sublime. Spelling Pyewacket on an iPhone? Priceless.
Rob Crook: Pyewacket and Flying Burrito (especially at the Durham Bulls)
Kate Dobbs Ariail: Harry’s, absolutely, and Bill’s Barbecue
on Graham, and even Brady’s
. These date me pretty badly.
Gerry Cohen: Yes, Harry’s closed in ’73.
Dwayne Purper: Aurora
, El Patio Loco
, Cafe Parvaneh
, Darbar Indian
Bobbie DeBank: The one, the only, Rathskellar
!! (Did I spell that right, UNC grads?)
Al Carson: Slugs in the Pines
, Hector’s, Jordan’s le Charlais
Paul Hrusovsky: El Patio Loco, Aurora, Sal’s, Port Hole
Al Carson: ... and Mariakakis
and its magnificent bakery!!!!
Kate Dobbs Ariail: Mariakakis when it was still the Kwikee Take-Out. We could walk there from Ridgefield when we were kids, and gawk over the pastry case. First place I ever saw or ate baklava.
Caroline Meyer: Rathskeller had the best steaks! "The Rat"!!!
Al Carson: The Rat had a great Gambler (double or triple)!
Suzanne Haff: Pywacket – but so glad George is opening a Greek restaurant there.
Sybil A. Skakle: Pyewacket and Sal’s and going way back, Brady!
Dave Hart: Fats
was my home away from home – and sometimes just my home, period.
Jan Schochet: Carolina Cafe
when it was on that block of franklin. The old Carolina coffee house with menu circa 70s. Hector’s for sure. The fanciest restaurant then was Poet’s Corner
Rex Mercer: Sunshine Cafe
Tom Whiteside: For me it was College Cafe
, a truckstop diner right there on Franklin Street, open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. That was mid-’70s.
Tim Smith: Lizard and Snake!
... gonna miss you Peppers
Dave Hart: Pyewacket, Sunday nights at Colonel Chutney’s
(and the live music club up above it whose name escapes me), Continental Cafe
, Hector’s, Papagayo
in its old spot...
Amber Nimocks: Pepper’s in the ’90s when everyone behind the counter had rainbow-colored hair. The Euell Gibbons pie. The poppyseed dressing.
Jacquelyn Gist: Is it possible to get homesick while still in the same place? If so, this is making me homesick.
Bruce Siceloff: Papagayo, from the days when you had to drive from Raleigh to Chapel Hill to eat Mexican.
Thomas Goldsmith: But Papagayo didn’t have little personal jukeboxes in each booth, on which to play “ain’t no sunshine since she’s gone....”
Jean Bolduc: Jacquie ...I think it’s “timesick.” Me too.